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Monday, May 30, 2011

Illegal act

The ABC is into publishing photos of defense installations which is against the law in this country. I might take a writ out against them..

Breaking the law

ABC TV news has done it again publishing photos of Amberly air force base on the nightly news tonight.

DEFENCE ACT 1903 - SECT 82

Sketching etc. of fortifications prohibited (1) If:
(a) a person makes a sketch, drawing, photograph, picture or painting of any defence installation in Australia or of any part of one; and
(b) the person has no lawful authority to do so;
then:
(c) the person is guilty of an offence; and
(d) all sketches, drawings, photographs, pictures, and paintings, and all tools and all materials or apparatus for sketching, drawing, photographing or painting found in his or her possession are forfeited and may be destroyed, sold, or otherwise disposed of, as the Governor-General directs.
(1A) The maximum penalty for an offence under subsection (1) is a fine of $200, imprisonment for 6 months, or both.
(2) If:
(a) a person enters or approaches any defence installation with sketching, drawing, photographing, or painting materials or apparatus in his or her possession; and
(b) the person has no lawful authority for that conduct; and
(c) the person intends to contravene subsection (1);
then:
(d) the person is guilty of an offence; and
(e) all tools and all materials or apparatus for sketching, drawing, photographing or painting found in his or her possession are forfeited and may be destroyed, sold, or otherwise disposed of, as the Governor-General directs.
(2A) The maximum penalty for an offence under subsection (2) is a fine of $100.
(3) A person is guilty of an offence if the person trespasses on:
(a) a defence installation, or on any land reserved for or forming part of one (whether or not any erection, fort, fortification, or work of any kind is on the land); or
(b) a building or land reserved or set apart for or used in connection with the administration, accommodation, or training of any part of the Defence Force; or
(c) an aircraft.
Penalty: $40.
(4) Any member of the Defence Force, member or special member of the Australian Federal Police or member of the Police Force of a State, may, without warrant, arrest any person who he has reasonable ground to believe has committed an offence against this section, and take him before a Court of summary jurisdiction to be dealt with according to law.
(5) In this section:
"defence installation" means any fort, battery, fieldwork, fortification, aircraft, air force establishment or aircraft material or any naval, military or air force work of defence.

I would like to thank the governor general for replying to my emails I wish.....

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